Professor Christopher Smith

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Clinical Medicine, digital health interventions, reproductive health, primary care
Programme director
Masters ProgrammeDoctoral Programme


MRCP, MRCGP, MSc, PhD, DTM&H (East African Partnership)

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  • Graduate School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University
  • Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


I have a joint position between the Department of Clinical Research at LSHTM and the graduate school of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH) at Nagasaki University since September 2017. I have been working at LSHTM since 2014, funded by a Medical Research Council Population Scientist Fellowship. My main area of research is in the field of digital health interventions to support sexual and reproductive health

I completed my PhD titled ‘Increasing contraception use with mobile phone-based interventions’ at LSHTM in 2017 which included a systematic review of mHealth interventions for contraception and the MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning (MOTIF) trial in partnership with Marie Stopes International in Cambodia.

Previously I completed the Public Health in Developing Countries MSc at LSHTM in 2011 as part of a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) In-Practice Fellowship based at Imperial College London during 2010-12.

I work as a primary care medical doctor (GP) in London and have worked on an NHS project with Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation in Cambodia and with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Uganda.


I co-organised the Family Planning programmes module (2401) at LSHTM for the last three years and teach at Nagasaki University. I supervise Masters and PhD students.


Interventions delivered by mobile phone (digital/mHealth); sexual and reproductive health; primary care; health partnerships.I am principal investigator on a project to develop an intervention to support reproductive health in Cambodia together with collaborators at SOAS, Kings College London and Marie Stopes International, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).Selected publications can be accessed here in addition to the list below. Please contact me for further information or if you are interested to discuss research or PhD projects.

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Kuhlin J, Smith C, Khaemraev A, Tigay Z, Parpieva N, Tillyashaykhov M, Achar J, Hajek J, Greig J, du Cros P, Moore D. The impact of pyrazinamide resistance on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2018;22(5):544-550
  2. Smith C, Edwards P, Free C. Assessing the validity and reliability of self-report data on contraception use in the Mobile Technology for Improved Family Planning (MOTIF) randomised controlled trial. Reproductive Health. 2018;15:50
  3. Smith C, Ngo T, Gold G, Edwards P, Vannak U, Sokhey L, Machiyama K, Slaymaker E, Warnock R, McCarthy O, Free C. Effect of a mobile phone-based intervention on post-abortion contraception: a randomized controlled trial in Cambodia. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015.
  4. Smith C, Gold J, Ngo T, Sumpter C, Free C. Mobile phone-based interventions for improving contraception use (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;(6)
  5. Smith C, Pettigrew L, Seo H, Dorwood J. Combining General Practice with International work: experiences of UK GPs. J R Soc Med Sh Rep. 2012;3(46):1-9


I am a clinical researcher with interests in different areas and experience of mixed methods research. I have worked as a primary care doctor in the UK and Uganda, where I recently completed the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H): East African partnership. My research has mainly been on digital health interventions for reproductive health, including a randomised controlled trial in Cambodia. Please contact me for further information or if you are interested to discuss research or PhD projects.